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Housed in a splendid 17th-century palace in The Hague, the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is home to some of the
world’s most beloved paintings—including Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring—and has become a destination for art
enthusiasts from around the world. This engaging, accessible companion volume to a long-awaited exhibition guides
readers through the highlights of the collection as if they were wandering the historic rooms themselves. A lavish plate
section features 35 works, each accompanied by texts that explore its historical provenance and individual significance.
Curatorial essays describe the building’s founder, Count Johan Maurits, and his experience as a Dutch colonist in the
New World; the formation of the collection; and also recent discoveries about the materials and techniques employed by
these great artists. Fans of Vermeer’s iconic masterpiece will delight in discovering that it is one of many beautiful
artworks in the Mauritshuis’s elegant rooms.